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smokinpristiformis
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Posted 09/15/05 - 6:19 PM:
Subject: i'm going to paris!
my lady and me are going out there for a weekend.. any tips? smiling face

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Posted 09/16/05 - 2:52 AM:

Hi Smoky,

It's all in the mind, and it's a personal choice. Carol and I have done Paris about five times and we always used to end up walking for miles along hot, dusty boulevardes or walking for miles in hot dusty museums, or sitting in hot, crowded, touristy cafes.

Last time we said NO!

We stayed in a fleapit hotel (Les Chassonieres) in the working class area, Bellevilles, (of the quite recent cartoon film 'Bellevilles Rendevous').

The streets here were full of French youngsters, and at the cafes we were serenaded by actual Chassoniers, singing this particular kind of French traditional music. There were lots of nouveau hippies around amongst the market traders and workers - no tourists in sight.

Then we did some very specific things, to avoid the 'wandering' habit. I checked out Jean Paul Sartre's grave in the South of the city, at Montparnasse, and then we looked for Oscar Wilde's in Pierre Lachaise and also Jim Morrison's (The Doors). Jim Morrison's grave attracts hosts of pop pilgrims every day!

We walked the length of the St Martain canal, to keep cool under the trees, and look at the street life.

We then moved to an even cheaper hotel at Port St Vincennes, near to the end of the metro line (£18 for a double room with breakfast). We ate in the same small restaurant every night, got to know the regulars (even without French) and sampled everything on the tiny menu. We spent a couple of afternoons in the huge park at St Vincennes, just hanging out.

We visited Le Corbusier's house over in the West of the city, the Ville La Roche,a perfectly preserved example of his radical modernism, now looking faintly retro, which is the fate of modernism I guess.

Then there was a quick visit to the Institute du Monde Arab, and some very sweet tea in an Arab tea house nearby.

Well that's what we did, but as I said, it's personal.

For a must see on a first visit I would just go to Montmarte, look at the view over Paris from Sacre Cours and eat at Chartiers. You can get a quick overview of this area by renting the hit DVD 'Amelie' from any video store, and it's a funny movie too.

Oh, and there's a terrace cafe on the roof of one of the department stores near the Isle de St Louis, I think it's the 'Samaritaine' it's free to go up there and the view is stunning.

Have a good one!

Cheers, e thumb up
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Posted 09/16/05 - 11:11 AM:

gosh, it's been too long since i've been there to remember what to recommend. the eiffel tower at night is simply breathtaking. i definitely second e's recommendation to go to montmartre. it's lovely there. have a safe & wonderful trip! heartlib
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Posted 09/19/05 - 1:18 PM:

i'm back grin

we arrived at Paris Nord station and took the metro to St. Ambroise (5 to republique then 9) where our hotel was

the first day we did mostly on foot
road description:

cross Boulevard Voltaire, take small streets to rue de la roquette which ends at Place the la Bastille (no bastille in sight, btw)
alors: Boulevard Henri IV and onto the islands st.louis and of course ile de la cité with notre dame

the weather was terrific, btw.. only a bit chilly in the mornings smiling face

where was i.. oh yes, from there we went to jardin de luxembourg. Very beautiful, we relaxed a bit, enjoying the sun. Taking pictures of us and other people.
did i mention it was heritage days in paris (lots of musea free and stuff)? anyway, we got to see the inside of the senate of france.
which is pretty impressive, i must admit

from there, if i recall well, we took the metro to les halles - honestly, i've never seen such a huge shopping centre - and after escaping there, walked through the park toward centre pompidou

next to the centre pompidou is the 'piazza navona' of paris.. which means there's a lot of jugglers and musicians and artists of various kinds performing there.. i love those places
this is where it got really funny.
we're watching 2 columbian jugglers and just as my girlfriend starts wondering when they'll pick someone from the public they choose.. who do you think?

honestly - seriously - .. me of course!! rolling eyes

i get into the spotlights with a lazy head because of the midday sun and a short night's sleep
first they let me do some silly things, of which only the end result is worth mentioning.. me laying on my back on the floor after an attempt to stand on my hands sticking out tongue grin
they're juggling those emm.. things
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to eachother..
they ask me if i smoke - which i don't - and then put a cigaret in my mouth
now.. they juggle to eachother and i'm in the middle
they count down to zero and then they're gonna try to get the thing out of my mouth and onto the ground
they quickly tell me i have to let go of it when it hits but as i'm a bit sleepy and my french is ok, but not exactly great.. well
they manage to hit every time, but the cigarette doesn't move sticking out tongue

so the guy with the reggae hair comes over and throws it on the ground
lol.. ok, so the second time the message comes through and it works fine smiling face

afterwards they fool around a bit more, we all get applause and i get to go back to my girlfriend who is practically laughing her .. you get the idea

ok, so next we're walking around trying to find ourselves some dinner
which we do, in the end, in the nearby rue st-martin

the day ends next to the Bir Hakeim metro station on the grass of le Champ de Mars under le Tour Eiffel.
this last one turns into mad christmas tree as thousands of lights go into a flash frenzy

the room turns out tidy but it definately needs a bit of care.. oh well, what can one expect for 40 euros and a bit for two?

morning comes too early of course, so there we go... onto 'les invalides' first
more or less the whole morning we stay around there, visiting the musée de l'armée et le dôme des invalides with the tomb of napoleon

again; pretty impressive to say the least
my girlfriend remarked it's sorta wrong to have such an enormous tomb for such a small man, hehe.. i'm sure he turned his back to us when he heard that grin

ok, so the sun is shining brightly and the mood is great
onto le louvre then ! after having a pancake and a coke (for ridiculously high price), we decide we don't really want to go into the museum as we both been there before

so many soldiers though. around the palais royal (same place) we saw several 3-man patrols, all of em carrying mitrailettes

then we decide to walk down the road to l'arche de triomphe
on the way we pass through the lovely Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde et les Champs-Elysees, bien sur! wink

ther's a 2 hour wait to go on top of the arc so we don't bother and just take a few pictures
then onto la defense and le Grand Arche. from there we take the metro to montmartre.
interestingly, the halt of the metro there is called 'anvers', which is french for 'Antwerp'
as you all know by know, that's where i live grin

ok so we get rid of the sellers of colored strings and related items, we make our way to sacré-coeur where we have a portrait made (my g/f, katinka, wants it in her room when we finish working in it)
we get drawn by 'le maestro', lazaro.. an italian making portraits on montmartre? smiling face

after that we spend 2 hours trying to find a machine where we can withdraw some cash for dinner
in the end we find one near les halles
both of us are very tired by this time and we slowly make our way back to Paris Nord where we take the thalys of 21:55 to Brussels South

so that's more or less it
i hope i havn't forgotten anything..


i'm afraid my little report doesn't carry much detail but in order to describe two days paris accurately.. well.. i'll need a couple more lines
i hope you made it to this point sticking out tongue

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greetings from the city of light

willem
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Posted 09/19/05 - 1:27 PM:

Hi Will,

Blimey, your writing style totally conveyed the experience, it was a kind of literary version of a French new wave film - on the other hand maybe you were just having a bloody good time.

If there is one thing I like to see in the world it is a pal having a 'bloody good time' wheewheewheewheewheewheewheewheewheewheecool
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Posted 09/19/05 - 2:42 PM:

thank you e, i did have a good time
only near the end, my mood dropped a bit because i was hungry, tired and a bit frustrated because we didn't find any money sticking out tongue
once we got to les halles and we had dinner i calmed down and we had a nice evening further.. smiling face
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Posted 09/19/05 - 10:43 PM:

wow! hooray! *applauds* thank you for sharing the paris experience, willem. and you too, e. gosh, you guys are such great storytellers. i miss paris so much. the crepes! the frites! the beaujolais and les rues des choses! *sigh*. i can revisit it vicariously at the very least, until a passport and a plane ticket come through for me someday.

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